KUALA LUMPUR: Oil and gas companies remain the most highly sought-after employers in Malaysia.
According to the JobStreet.com Top 10 Companies 2016 survey, which drew the participation of over 7,900 respondents, oil and gas companies secured the two top spots for yet another year.
Coming in first for two years consecutively is Malaysia's state oil firm, Petronas.
Second in line is Anglo-Dutch multinational, Shell and making it to the top three is tech heavyweight, Google.
Sime Darby and Maybank grabbed the fourth and fifth placing, respectively.
Completing the Top 10 list in order of ranking were AirAsia, Nestle, Intel, Tenaga Nasional Bhd and Public Bank.
Petronas group human resource management senior vice-president Datuk Raiha Azni Abd Rahman said, as a global energy player, Petronas believes in growing and developing people as a critical priority of business in order to successfully operate in today's challenging business environment.
"We are indeed honoured to receive JobStreet.com's People's Choice Award 2016.
"As such we strive to cultivate a work culture that is strongly grounded on Petronas' shared values of loyalty, integrity, professionalism and cohesiveness to attract, motivate and retain talent."
JobStreet.com, the No.1 job site in Malaysia said the survey found that across all position levels, "benefits and incentives" surfaced as the main reason employees want to work with the top companies.
With monetary gains being a key motivating factor, salary was stated as their next top reason.
Meanwhile, JobStreet.com said senior level participants chose "working environment and culture" as their third reason behind wanting to work for a top company, while those under junior levels picked "training and development" as their third factor.
In terms of challenges they expect to see when working for a top company, the first cited response was "company politics", followed by "harder to get noticed and promoted" and "difficult to perform as expectations are higher".
JobStreet.com country manager Chook Yun Yng said: "One may have surface-level opinions on a company but not have a deep understanding on its work practices and culture.
"Now with JobStreet.com's newly launched 'company reviews' feature, candidates are able to get real insights on the working realities of companies in Malaysia and be empowered to make more informed choices about their careers.
"It also gives employers visibility around what people are saying about their companies and allows them to respond and handle those comments through the transparency offered.
“We believe this will result in hirers getting more relevant applications and employees who are a great cultural fit," she said at the JobStreet.com Top 10 Companies 2016 award presentation event here on Monday.
A total of 7,958 respondents across different age groups, genders and educational levels from various industries in Malaysia took part in this survey conducted in December 2015.
The Top 10 Companies:
4. Sime Darby
9. Tenaga Nasional Bhd
10. Public Bank
Factors that Malaysian employees look out for:
1. Benefits and incentives (85 per cent)
2. Salary (77 per cent)
3. Learning and development (71 per cent)
4. Work environment and culture (71 per cent)
5. Company reputation (66 per cent)
6. Career progression (58 per cent)
7. Leadership and management (56 per cent)